As we all know, the month of February is traditionally associated with all things love and heart related which is why the team at Flares on Tanner Row in York have decided to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. The team hope to improve on last year’s target of £400.

Fundraising began on the 1st February and already, thanks to the generosity of their customers, Flares has already raised £100 through collection tins placed in and around the bar.

The team are hoping to go literally one step further to raise more money by running around the City’s bar walls donning fancy dress. Tackling the three miles in a variety of costumes and outfits, the Flares’ team will set off at 1:30pm on Wednesday 15th February.

“Our fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation are just one of the charities that we’ll be raising money for this year,” said Samantha Storr, Deputy Manager at Flares. “We’re also planning to host some activity later on in the year to raise money for St Leonards Hospice in York who do so much for the residents of our city.

“At the moment all of our attention is focussed on running the bar walls and collecting money for the British Heart Foundation. If we manage to beat last years’ fundraising target then, Jason Bainbridge , our resident DJ has agreed to dress up in drag for work on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March, so that’s really given us an incentive to raise more than £400 and is something not to be missed!

“The current economic climate is really tough at the moment and we just want to be able to help charities who do so much to help others – whether that’s giving funds to provide continued care or donating money so further research can take place in order to help fight heart disease.

“We’d like to invite our customers and the residents of York to pop into Flares and donate in any way they can; whether its dropping in their loose change after a round of drinks or sponsoring one of the team in the bar wall run. We really want to contribute a significant amount to the British Heart Foundation and can’t do it without the support of the people of York.”